In the immediate aftermath of Everton’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal, a number of articles and fan comments suggested Roberto Martinez would be an ideal replacement for the beleaguered Arsene Wenger.
With Arsenal due to face FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic in the competition’s semi-final this weekend, there is the possibility that while Martinez’s current club could beat the Gunners to a Champions League place, his former one could rob them of the chance of silverware for another year.
Of course there is still plenty of football to be played, but Martinez’s shadow lays heavy over the remainder of the North London side’s season.
But those Arsenal fans hoping Martinez will swap Goodison Park for the Emirates Stadium should temper their excitement, because the Spaniard is not the kind of manager to jump ship simply because a bigger one has honked its horn.
Martinez showed during his time at Wigan that he is not a man to be swayed simply by a football club’s name or its size. In turning down both Aston Villa and Liverpool during his tenure at the Latics, Martinez proved by loyal and choosy.
When he did ultimately leave the DW Stadium it was having failed to do what once seemed an inevitable miracle – keeping Wigan in the top flight against all odds.
But when that finally proved impossible he moved to Everton where his new project has only just begun.
Martinez spent two seasons at Swansea City and four at Wigan Athletic, so by that rationale he should be at Everton for seven more seasons after this one.
But in all seriousness, his work at the Toffees is only just beginning. He has grown used to being linked with some of the biggest clubs in England, but one senses he will ignore the speculation and simply set about taking Everton back to the top of the English game.
His project at Wigan may always have been to simply keep them in the division, but at Everton his ultimate aim must be to win the thing.